Roofing at Kaliningrad’s 2018 World Cup arena to be completed by year-end

The roofing will consist of 17 prefab units
26 October 2016
Vitaly Nevar/ТАSS
View of Stadium Kaliningrad under construction
Installation of the third roofing unit is now in progress on the stadium currently under construction in Kaliningrad in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, reports the press office of Sport Engineering, the stadium’s developer.

"Work commenced this morning on the third console of the roofing (the overhang above the spectator stalls) on the future 2018 World Cup arena in Kaliningrad. There will be 17 such consoles overall," goes the newsletter. It is further stated that the installation of the console structures will take several days. The consoles are assembled on the ground, then lifted up and fastened to the anchor unit.

The roofing work on the stadium employs one 650-tonne and two 750-tonne cranes, and another 750-tonne crane will be arriving soon to speed things up. The roofing operations began in September and, according to the newsletter, are expected to be fully completed by New Year’s.

The Kaliningrad arena is designed with a capacity for 35,000 seats, including temporary stalls. It is being built on Oktyabrsky Island in the city centre. After the World Cup, the plan is to convert the stadium to a mixed-use cultural centre/office complex, comprising a 25,000-seat stadium, some hotels, a health centre, conference rooms and offices.